Exterior Worlds
Houston Landscape
Request a consultation

Houston Landscape

The Houston landscape today is very different from the landscape that European settlers found when they first arrived in Texas. At that time, the areas around Buffalo Bayou and its many tributaries was a dark swamp populated by cypress and magnolia trees. In many places, the forest was so impenetrable (and filled with mosquitoes) that even the Karankaway Indians would not venture too far in. Over the years, the Houston landscape gave way to industrialization and residential development. It has never lost its greenery or its waterways, however, and today is still home to a wide variety of oak and pine tree species that line the bayous and scenic roadways that connect the outer rims of the city to downtown.

Houston’s climate is hot and humid in the summer and temperate and humid during the winter. This makes it very amenable to growing a plethora of both exotic and indigenous plants. Because of this, it also makes it possible for the professional landscaper to provide the homeowner with an eclectic range of options when it comes to styles and types of gardens. Because of our mild winters, we seldom see much freeze damage to plants, shrubs, and trees. In fact, Houston landscapes are known throughout the South for having flowers of some sort or the other throughout the year. There are a number of species, such as pansies and cyclamen, which routinely bloom in the winter.

The downside of the Houston landscape is the heavy rainfall which we can receive at virtually any time of year. If the temperature is warm or hot, heavy rainfall will produce outbreaks of mold and fungus within a matter of 24 hours. This is not only bad for human allergies, but for garden plants as well. Steps have to be taken to minimize the impact of mold and fungus on gardens by proactively managing irrigation and at times chemically treating gardens with anti-mold and fungal agents. This type of work should never be done by anyone other than an expert botanist who knows the effects of such treatment on each species of plant within the garden, and who understands the impact that irrigation changes may have on the garden as a whole.

Throughout almost every corner of the Houston landscape, we find heavy clay soils that pose a number of challenges to gardeners and landscapers. Houston soil tends to hold a great deal of water when it rains. Drainage systems have to be built into gardens to prevent standing water from accumulating around sensitive plants that can die if exposed to excessive water. One method of doing this is to aerate the soil so that water percolates in far enough that it can be absorbed by plant roots and filter down below the harder layers of clay near to the surface. At times, it is necessary to take the clay out to some degree and replace it with bedding soil. Larger gardens or more elaborate Houston landscape projects may require concealed drains that route the water to retention ponds and curbs.

Because water cannot always easily filter through the clay soils, they can sometimes be poor in nutrients. Amending the soil may be necessary to enable it to better host a diversity of plant life, or specific exotic plants that require nutrients that do not occur naturally in Houston landscapes. The inconsistent moisture content of the earth here can also cause other problems for landscapers. The expanding and contracting of the earth can actually cause the ground to shift and move. During the summer, the soil dehydrates to the point that cracks often appear in the ground. When sudden rains roll in from the Gulf, the water fills the cracks and causes earth displacement. Structural foundations will be strained as a result, even in the largest of buildings. (This is why foundation repair is such a successful industry here on the Gulf Coast).

To compensate for the instability of theHouston landscape, professional designers have to use creative methods to ensure that the outdoor structures they build will remain in place and intact. Patios and pool decks are often built on piers and beams concealed underground. Pools are made with thicker concrete and thicker rebar. While these preventative measures cannot overcome the forces of Nature, they can provide enough of a sturdy framework to maintain the stability and cosmetics of exterior forms.

Houston Landscaping Ideas

Do you cut out and collect magazine pictures of great landscaping ideas? Do you have a photo album of, say, a stately English mansion that you’d love to use for your home landscape design in Houston? Have you admired the plants and trees of European countryside estates and wondered if they would grow on the Texas coastal plains? If so, then you have a beautiful start to turning your

Landscape Contractors in Houston Texas

It’s a common dilemma: you have an outdoor project and you don’t know whether to use landscape contractors or to do it yourself. Are landscape contractors worth the expense? What value do they add? How do I determine which landscape contractors are competent? Where do I start? Landscape Contractors: An Overview Landscape contractors bring to the table an understanding of the plans and documents that the landscape designers

Houston Landscaping Service

In metropolitan cities like Houston it can be challenging to find landscape companies that deliver comprehensive landscape solutions. We have been serving the greater Houston area for over 2O years installing landscape projects and providing landscape maintenance in River Oaks, Bellaire, West University and all the Memorial Villages were discriminating clients have impeccable taste. Our solution has been a 20 year customer service commitment, delivering creative quality work with experienced contractors

Houston Landscape Business

These companies offer a full range of landscape services including consultation, design, installation and maintenance. A landscape business will usually specialize in one or more areas and subcontract related installation elements such as outdoor kitchens, swimming pools, water fountains, outdoor fireplaces, and landscape lighting. The Steps to Getting Your Landscape Started When you decide to hire a landscape business, you typically begin with an initial discovery meeting where you have

Houston landscapers

Houston landscapers offer a full range of services including consultation, landscape design, installation and landscape maintenance. Landscapers usually specialize in one or more areas and subcontract related installation elements such as outdoor kitchens, swimming pools, water fountains, other outdoor fireplaces, arbors, and landscape lighting. Getting Started With a Houston Landscaper When contemplating hiring a landscaper, you typically begin with an initial meeting with them where you have an opportunity to

Houston Landscaping Business

Houston companies offer a full range of landscape services including consultation, design, installation and maintenance. Landscaping business will usually specialize in one or more areas and subcontract related installation elements such as outdoor kitchens, swimming pools, water fountains, outdoor fireplaces, and lighting. The Steps to Get You There When you decide to hire a landscaping business, you typically begin with an initial discovery meeting where you have an opportunity to

Landscaping Services Houston

The professional landscaping services offered by Houston’s Exterior Worlds are a complex and interrelated blend of traditional landscape architecture special design methodologies that specifically address the many subtle nuances and oft unnoticed eccentricities of our deceptively simple Houston terrain. Our ultimate intention in creating these forms is to put cash value back into the yard, improving the opportunities for resale return on investment and creating a sustainable, superior living

How Unique, Concealed Irrigation Systems by Exterior Worlds Main

One of the most important specialties offered by Exterior Worlds is the creation of unique irrigation systems that maintain the aesthetic and functionality of the Houston landscape from behind the scenes. By definition, a unique irrigation system is a system that is designed in such a manner that it maximizes control of the landscape. It breaks up areas of the yard into smaller pieces, known as zones, and allows the

Changing the Grade of the Houston Landscape Creates Interest

Grading, by definition, is altering the slope of the Houston landscape between one point and the property and another. This is a vital, albeit little publicized element to residential landscape design. Water runoff is one of the primary functions of landscape grading. Drainage is always a challenge anywhere we work on the Houston landscape because almost the entire city is completely flat. Virtually anywhere we build something, we must engineer

How to Make a Small Yard Appear Large

In many parts of the Houston landscape, you find places where beautiful and very stately homes are situated on relatively small tracts of land. These small yards often appear disproportionate to the magnitude of the home. In order to correct this, Exterior Worlds has developed a number of ways to make small yards appear larger and more proportional to residential landscape design. This, in turn, makes the entire property look